Philosopher Lisa Guenther discusses the experiences of Donny Johnson, who survived solitary confinement in a supermax prison for over twenty years by immersing himself in art and writing.
During June and July 2019, the Hidden Persuaders group invited political philosopher Lisa Guenther to lead a series of events on the topic of incarceration. A podcast of her keynote lecture ‘No Prisons on Stolen Land: Prison Abolition and Decolonization as Interconnected Struggles’ is now online.
David Theo Goldberg, director of the University of California’s Humanities Research Institute, on hidden assumptions about race in the policing and judgment of crime.
In the first of a two-part series, philosopher Lisa Guenther introduces the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario. As the former home of hundreds of incarcerated Canadian women, it was a site of unethical human experiments and other forms of prisoner abuse.
What is ‘the state we are in’? In this wide-ranging lecture, Daniel Pick reflects upon the history of psychoanalysis, politics and democracy.
Sarah Marks on how ‘brainwashing’ was used as a Cold War code-word for Communist mass indoctrination; and to express anxieties about consumerism after ’89.
‘Psychic driving’ is a Cold War-era technology for reprogramming the mind that has a sordid history. David Saunders reports on its continuing appeal.
Erika Dyck discusses the legacies of LSD’s Cold War reputation, and the implications for the recent renaissance in ‘psychedelic science’.
To what extent did the events of the Cold War alter the methods, aims and spaces of interrogation? How might this history intersect with developments in the ‘psy’ sciences? In July 2016, the Hidden Persuaders project hosted a workshop on these questions.
Danae Karydaki explains why, in our age of ‘post-truth politics’, George Orwell’s essays are now more relevant than ever.